2023 Colorado Counseling Association Conference
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Event Date: 8/1/2022 - 8/31/2023

Event Overview


Click here to view the Conference Final Instructions email.


Please join us for the 2023 Annual Colorado Counseling Association Conference at the Keystone Resort & Conference Center. This event is expected to be the largest conference for counseling students and new, working, and retired professional counselors in Colorado. 

Pre-conference workshops will be offered on August 23rd, followed by a professional conference on August 24th and 25th, 2023.

This conference is much more than an educational opportunity for professional counselors. The 2023 Annual Conference creates a space to professionally develop, connect with others, be encouraged, and rest and reset. 

Professional counselors in Colorado consistently lend their time, passion, and training to provide outstanding mental health services. The 2023 Annual CCA Conference is designed give back to our profession.

    The CCA is proud to invite all mental health professionals to this opportunity of coming together to strengthen advocacy efforts, empower our clinical practice, and advance our profession. Your registration directly benefits the collective resources needed to strengthen the CCA's efforts to promote the identity and interests of professional counselors.

    Call for Proposals

    Call for Proposals

    Proposal Submission

    Non-Members, 3-step process

    You are not required to be a member of the CCA to submit a proposal. However, each presenter must have a profile within the CCA's system.

    1. Review the CCA's guidelines and criteria below.
    2. Prior to submitting your proposal, please have each presenter complete a profile by clicking here.
    3. Once you have completed a profile and reviewed the information below, please submit a proposal by clicking here.
    Members of the CCA

    Review the CCA's guidelines and criteria below. Once completed, please submit a proposal by clicking here.

    Proposal Timeline

    • April 17th, 2023: Announce Call for Proposals;
    • April 17th - June 2nd, 2023: Window for Submissions. Papers will not be accepted earlier than April 17th or after June 2nd, 2023;
    • June 9th, 2023: Speakers Selected;
    • June 19th, 2023: Full Program Released.

    Submission Options

    For the Annual 2023 Conference, only 60 Minute Education Sessions are available.

    Suggested Presentation Topics

    • Child and Adolescent Counseling
    • Counselor Education and Supervision
    • Trauma, Crisis, Suicide, Grief and Loss
    • Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling
    • Ethics and Legal Issues
    • Military Issues and Veterans
    • Multicultural Diversity, Social Justice and LGBTQ+ issues
    • Private/Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, etc.)
    • Substance Use Disorders Treatment
    • Telemental Health and Related Issues
    • Wellness and Self-Care

    Presentation Information Requested in the Proposal

    Please note: you are not able to "Save Your Progress" in the proposal process.

    • Session Presenter(s) Name
    • Title of Session (Max of 100 characters);
    • Relevant degree(s), license(s), and/or certification(s);
    • Primary Presenter's license information;
    • Primary Session Presenter Qualifications (Max of 500 characters);
    • Session Summary: Used in Conference Mobile Program (Max of 500 characters);
    • Scholarly Summary: A brief academic summary of the content you intend to present on. (Max of 2000 characters);
    • References: A preliminary list of academic/scholarly sources you expect will inform your session;
    • Learning Objectives of Session: Strong objectives answer the question, "Participants in this educational session will be able to..." You are asked to submit a minimum of three objectives, but no more than five.

    Rubric and Scoring Process

    Submitted proposals are blind-reviewed and scored by a minimum of three professional counselors. Presenter names are withheld from the reviewer, while all other information is made available to the reviewers, including any file uploads.

    Proposals are scored using a standardized rubric. Each rubric row is scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 5 being the highest score one can earn in each row. The score for each row is totaled and submitted as a single score to the Conference Committee for consideration.

    Rubric Rows
    • The proposal is written in a clear, professional style;
    • The rationale for why this topic/presentation is needed is strong and persuasive;
    • Proposal objectives show clear expectations for the participants' learning;
    • The topic/presentation would attract mental health professionals and attendees;
    • The presentation would actively engage those attending the session;
    • The presentation would present sound, useful, new information.



    Kim Collins, North Range Behavioral Health CEO

    2023 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

    Kim Collins has worked in behavioral health for more than 15 years and has been with North Range for 8 years. Most recently, she served as North Range’s Chief Clinical Officer where she provided organization-wide leadership for clinical operations to support the agency’s strategic vision and plan. Before that, Collins was the Administrative Director of North Range's Youth and Family programs and the Crisis Teams.

    Prior to joining the North Range team, Collins was the Director of Clinical Programs at Diversus Health (formerly Aspen Pointe) and the Regional Operations Director at Centennial Mental Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations with a minor in Social Work; Masters of Science in Education focused on Community Counseling; and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado.







    Hotel Room Reservation

    Click here to view the Conference Final Instructions email.

    The deadline to register for a room under our rate is August 2, 2023.

    The conference will be held at the Keystone Resort on August 24th and 25th, with pre-conference workshops occurring on August 23rd. If you plan to attend the conference only, Check-In opens at 7:30am on August 24th. Please book rooms accordingly.
    The CCA has contracted a room rate discount for conference attendees.
    • These rates are valid for reservations on August 20th through 28th. Any reservations outside these dates will not be booked at the discounted rate.
    • Rates are dependent upon which room option you choose.
    • Keystone has room available that sleep up to 4-6 people.
    • If you choose something outside the Conference Village area, we suggest budgeting a little extra time for the bus to take you to the conference area.
    • We have been assured by Keystone that they are ADA compliant, including the bus system.
    • If you aren’t sure what would be best for you, they can suggest options to you on the phone. The cancellation policy is that the room can be refunded up to 7 days before check-in.

    Contracted Conference Rates

    • Keystone Lodge- $179/night
    • *Conference Village Studio- $179/night
    • *Conference Village 1 Bedroom- $199/night
    • *Conference Village 2 Bedroom- $289/night
    • Lakeside 1 Bedroom- $199/night
    • Lakeside Studio- $179/night

    *Rooms that have Conference Village in the title are a 5-10 minute walk to the conference area. Keystone has a bus that circulates through the resort and drops you off at the conference area as well.

    Directions to Book a Room

    Please call the group reservation number at 855-332-1601. Please please note, do not call the main office.

    1. Call 855-332-1601
    2. Choose option 1 for Colorado resorts
    3. Choose option 1 for Keystone reservations
    4. To book your stay, they will need you to provide our room code: BKRCCA23. You may also have them look it up by our dates and conference name (August 23-25, Colorado Counseling Association Annual Conference).

    Keystone can suggest a room to you, or you can choose what you would prefer. They will go through the rates and the cancellation policy with you. You can then select your choice and give them payment over the phone.

    This time of year will be beautiful, and the resort has many activities (both free and paid-- refer to the website link above). It is also close driving distance to Breckenridge, and offers some gorgeous views! This could be a great option to have family or friends join you for a retreat as well.
    You can find information on the resort here: https://www.keystoneresort.com/Keystone Resort | Keystone Ski Resort
    On a Keystone Colorado ski vacation discover three unbelievable mountains, tons of outdoor adventures, and amazing lodging and dining.

    Pre-Conference Workshops

    Pre-Conference Workshops

    2023 Annual Conference Preconference Workshops

    Click here to view the Preconference Final Instructions email.


    The Imposter Syndrome Antidote: How to support supervisees/clinical interns and enhance your skill as a clinical supervisor.

    Francisca Mix, LPC, BC-DMT, ACS

    3 Continuing Professional Development Hours. These professional development hours meet the LPC Supervisor requirement of 3 professional development hours every two years (LPC Rule 1.18).

    Pre-licensed therapists/clinical interns are new to the field and are overtaken by worry, stress, and having to manage their imposter syndrome. Beginner’s minds take over and they lose connection to their wisdom and life experience, which impedes their ability to provide care with presence, decreases critical thinking, and hinders creativity in the therapy room with clients. Some of the roles and responsibilities of a clinical supervisor is to educate, role model, and nurture the supervisee's/intern’s identity development. Learn how to support a supervisee's/clinical intern’s confidence to minimize their imposter syndrome and leave with a game plan that you can implement.

    Date/Time: August 23rd, 12:00-3:00pm MST

    Location: Keystone Resort

    Fee: $125.00

    Click Here to Register

    Medicaid Mastery in Private Practice

    Khara Croswaite Brindle, MA, LPC, ACS, CFT-I

    3 Continuing Professional Development Hours.

    Medicaid doesn't have to be scary! In fact, it can be a lucrative effort when building a strong solo or group practice serving populations in need! Explore how to master Medicaid in private practice in this interactive workshop where we 1) explore the paperwork aspects (and provide templates) to easily pass a Medicaid audit 2) examine Medicaid rules and best practices in compliance with a Medicaid contract in Colorado and 3) enhance your confidence in clinical writing for notes and treatment plans that are both streamlined and of highest quality based on Medicaid standards, making them applicable to private insurance and private pay client paperwork as well.

    Date/Time: August 23rd, 12:00-3:00pm MST

    Location: Keystone Resort

    Fee: $125.00

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    Mental Health Ethical and Legal Issues in Colorado

    Robert A. Lees & Associates

    1.5 Continuing Professional Development Hours.

    Robert A. Lees & Associates represents more mental health professionals than any other legal team in Colorado. This training will go over the latest and most complex legal and ethical issues facing you in your work with clients. The training will be followed by a meet-and-greet at a local restaurant.

    Date/Time: August 23rd, 3:30 - 5:00pm MST

    Location: Keystone Resort

    Fee: $75.00

    Click Here to Register